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In this age of uncertainties, the importance of change will be critical to unlocking what it will mean for St. Jerome’s to realize its contemporary mission in Catholic higher education. As a society, we are grappling with the many challenges of social injustice left to us by previous generations, including the increasing gap between rich and poor, the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion, justice and reconciliation for Indigenous people, and sustainability and its implications for the very future of our planet. This year’s Lectures in Catholic Experience will confront these themes head-on and allow us to explore, challenge and walk our own synodal path to see the importance of encounter and dialogue – and to understand  the need  for changes that will be meaningful and lasting.


We welcome all members of our community to join us on this journey.


Peter Meehan
President and Vice Chancellor






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The Wounds of the Past, Truth-telling and a Future of Hope: The Doctrine of Discovery and the Path of Reconciliation


September 28 | 7:30 p.m.


The lecture will situate the Church's contemporary response to papal bulls of the 15th century, which provided moral justification for colonizing powers to claim as their own lands which had long been inhabited by Indigenous Peoples, within the context of the challenge of dealing well with sinful actions from within the Church in the past. It will explore what the recent Vatican statement on the Doctrine of Discovery said and didn't say, and how it has been received. And it will reflect on the larger work of reconciliation and the challenge of proclaiming and being faithful to the Gospel in a context where wounds from the past continue to impact present relations.


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Living the Virtues in the Face of Homelessness


November 9 | 7:30 p.m.


The Working Centre found its roots serving the unemployed during the job crisis of the 1980's. 40 years later the flood of homelessness has changed the focus of the work. Joe and Stephanie have walked through these times searching for Common Work that serves the community. What are the practices that inspire commitment to service while the social conditions on the ground deteriorate? How does bureaucracy stand in contrast to the work that needs to be done? What practices help to hold virtues in the midst of secular culture? This talk will underline these questions that are integral to serving those most marginalized in our society.


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Beyond Burnout Culture


February 29 | 7:30 p.m.


Burnout has become the go-to term for describing our dissatisfaction with work. To break out of North American societies’ obsession with work, we need to rethink our assumptions about the relationship between work and the good life. In this talk, Jonathan Malesic, author of The End of Burnout: Why Work Drains Us and How to Build Better Lives will propose that we should ground our working lives in human dignity, compassion for workers, and a greater emphasis on leisure as a site of meaningful activity. He will show how these ideals are manifested in communities of Benedictine monks and religious sisters.


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Her Place in the Church: Gender, Power, and Authority in Contemporary Catholicism


March 21 | 7:30 p.m.


Gender has long prescribed the roles of men and women in the Catholic Church, refereed formally via ordination and informally via social norms. Drawing upon hundreds of interviews, Sociologist Dr. Tricia Bruce compares the prospects and parameters of women’s leadership at two moments in the Church: following Vatican II (six decades ago) and today.


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When Science Goes Wrong: The Desire and Search For Truth


April 15 | 7:30 p.m.


When we think that following science is a sure way to get to all the right answers, we misunderstand the nature and history of science; it can only get  closer to the truth by recognizing where and how it has gone wrong. Even Galileo’s revolution in science included some truly bizarre ideas of what the Earth looked like and how (and why) it was situated in the heavens. What can this tell us as we grapple today with dark matter and dark energy… and about the nature of the search for Truth itself?


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Join us for the 2022-2023 Lectures in Catholic Experience series in the Notre Dame Chapel, located on campus in SJ1 (the classrooms and Library building), Click here for detailed location and map information. 



Limited complimentary parking with accessible exterior pathways to the Notre Dame Chapel, is available in Lot B at St. Jerome’s University. Pay for parking is also available within walking distance of the university's main entrance.




Thank you to the individuals and organizations that make the Lectures in Catholic Experience series possible each year. We are grateful for your support and acknowledge the ongoing commitment of the following:


            Congregation of the Resurrection
            Family and Friends of Laurence A. Cummings
            Family and Friends of Ken Devlin
            Family and Friends of John Sweeney
            Family and Friends of John J. Wintermeyer
            Friends of Michael W. Higgins
            Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto Sisters)
            Jesuits of Canada
            Patrons of the Lectures in Catholic Experience
            Scarboro Missions
            Spalding Family
            Waterloo Catholic District School Board


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